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Species Sphinx asellus - Hodges#7806

Sphinx asellus - male Sphinx asellus - female Sphinx asellus - female Sphinx asellus larva Day 10 - Sphinx asellus Sphinx asellus Sphinx asellus? - Sphinx asellus Sphinx asellus? - Sphinx asellus Asellus Sphinx Moth - Sphinx asellus - Sphinx asellus
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Bombycoidea (Silkworm, Sphinx, and Royal Moths)
Family Sphingidae (Sphinx Moths)
Subfamily Sphinginae
Tribe Sphingini
Genus Sphinx
Species asellus (Sphinx asellus - Hodges#7806)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Sphinx asellus (Rothschild & Jordan, 1903)
Hyloicus perelegans f. asellus Rothschild & Jordan, 1903
Sphinx asella (1), (2)
Sixteen species of the genus Sphinx are listed for America north of Mexico. (3), (4)
Forewing length 41-55 mm. (1)
California to Wyoming and western Texas. (4)
Holotype from Durango, Colorado.
The hosts in southeastern Arizona and the Huachuca Mountains are manzanita, including pointleaf manzanita (Arctostaphylos pungens). (1) Other hosts are likely.
See Also
Powell and Opler (2009) states that Sphinx chersis does not have the faint black medial line on each tegula as seen in S. asellus. (1) See photo of S. libocedrus, S. asellus, and S. chersis for comparison (Moths of Southeastern Arizona).
Print References
Hodges, R.W., 1971. The Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 21. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation. p. 62; pl. 4.10. (5)
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America. University of California Press. pl. 39, fig. 9; p. 243 (1)
Rothschild, W. & K. Jordan 1903. A revision of the Lepidopterous family Sphingidae. Novitates Zoologicae 9 (Suppl.): 133-134, pl. 13, fig. 2.
Tuttle, J.P., 2007. The Hawk Moths of North America. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation. p. 80; pl. 7.1. (3)